COVID-19 Info from OSB, Courts, Agencies and Resources for Lawyers

Oregon State Bar Notices

  • New Information

    COVID-19 Volunteer Opportunities

    In response to the growing calls for legal help during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are working with our legal community partners to address those needs. While some projects are still in development, others are ready for volunteers. If you would like to help, please take few minutes to complete our special COVID-19 volunteer opportunities form. Please note that it may take a while for you to hear back from programs that require more time to set up and train volunteers than others.
    Bar exam proctors needed: To maintain social distancing, the July bar exam will take place at four separate sites in Portland, Salem, and Eugene with applicants separated into multiple rooms at each site. With the significant increase in locations, we will need additional volunteers to serve as proctors. If you are available July 28 and/or July 29 and would like to support our future colleagues in this way, please complete our Bar Exam Proctor application form, which includes descriptions of proctor responsibilities and requirements.

    Oregon State Bar Admissions

    Information for July 2020 bar exam applicants.

    Oregon State Bar

    We send regular updates on OSB and Oregon court operations directly to bar members via the Bar News e-newsletter. If you have previously unsubscribed, you can opt back in by changing your communications preferences under the profile tab of your online member dashboard.
  • OSB Center

    The OSB Center will be closed to visitors and operating with reduced staff on site, with other staff working remotely. Although we are taking all steps possible to avoid business interruption, you may experience some delay or interruption due to reduced on-site staff. The best way to reach us will be through email. We appreciate your patience during this time.

  • CLE Seminars

    Participation at live events sponsored by the OSB CLE Seminars Department will be limited to webcasting (if available) through the end of April. If you have already registered to attend an OSB CLE Seminars-sponsored event, you will receive an email from the OSB CLE Seminars Department regarding any changes in delivery or scheduling.

    Section CLE events scheduled for March that are not cosponsored with the CLE Seminars Department have been canceled. Registrants will receive notice by email of individual program cancellations and any plans to reschedule.

    You can also check our events calendar see the status of bar events. If you have questions, please contact the OSB CLE Service Center at (503) 431-6413 or (800) 452-8260, ext. 413 for webcasting, on-demand, or CD/DVD options that may be available.

  • OSB Meetings

    In addition, all bar sections, committee, task forces and other groups will meet by conference call or videoconference only in March and April. Members and guests can participate in meetings via the conference call numbers included in the meeting notices sent by the bar. If you have questions about an upcoming meeting, please contact the OSB at (503) 620-0222 or (800) 452-8260.

  • Professional Liability Fund

    The PLF has extended the quarterly installment deadline for payment of PLF assessments.

    The PLF and OAAP have cancelled all seminars, events and in-person counseling sessions. Staff will attempt to reschedule counseling sessions to occur by phone or videoconference.

  • OAAP Recovery Groups

    All in-person recovery meetings at the OAAP are suspended through April. In the meantime, each week OAAP will host two online recovery-focused video meetings for lawyers, judges and law students.

  • Oregon Courts and Administrative Agencies Notices

  • New Information

    Chief Justice

    The Chief Justice has issued a new order, CJO 20-017, directing court closures on May 29, June 26 and July 17. (5/22/20)

    Chief Justice Martha Walters has issued a new order on court operations, along with a summary of changes in the order and a message to OSB members. (5/15/20)

  • CJO 20-016
  • An informal summary of the changes in CJO 20-016
  • A message from the Chief to OSB members

  • Oregon Court of Appeals

    Chief Judge Order 20-03 details procedural changes in the Court of Appeals due to COVID-19. (4/27/20)

    Oregon Judicial Department

    OJD is offering webinars covering the UTCR amendments on filing trial exhibits electronically and declarations that are electronically signed by non-filers, along with general File & Serve functionality.

  • Chief Justice

    The Chief Justice has written a new letter to bar members regarding court operations during the pandemic. (4/20/20)

    Chief Justice Order, CJO 20-014 gives the OSB’s CEO authority to waive reinstatement fees for members who can establish that their suspensions occurred for good cause related to the COVID-19 pandemic. A Reinstatement Fee Waiver Request Form can be found here.

    Chief Justice Martha Walters issued two orders: CJO No. 20-012, requiring scheduling of habeas corpus hearings, and CJO No. 20-013, amending OSB rules for admission during the COVID-19 outbreak. Earlier, she issued an amended CJO 20-006, which extends and modifies the original order issued on March 16. In addition, CJO 20-008 modifies the UTCR and expands e-signature authority, and CJO 20-010 authorizes suspension/waiver of collection fees. An OJD News Release summarizes the three CJO’s, and the Chief Justice has also asked us to share a new message to bar members.

    The Chief Justice issued an emergency order, CJO 20-009, amending the OSB Rules of Admission and Rules of Procedure. Links to earlier statements are below.

  • CJ message to OSB members (3/24/20)
  • CJ message to Legislature (3/24/20)
  • Statement from Chief Justice
  • Oregon Supreme Court

    The court has issued new guidance on changes to procedures through a Chief Justice Order and a notice, both dated March 31, 2020.

  • Oregon Court of Appeals

    The court issued a Chief Judge Order on March 30, 2020.

  • Oregon Judicial Department

    Use the “Select Your Court” tab to see the latest news from individual courts on the OJD website.

    OJD has announced changes consistent with the Chief Justice Orders issued on Friday, March 27. In addition, the OJD File & Serve upgrade that was scheduled to occur on April 10 has been postponed.

  • Multnomah County Circuit Court

    The Multnomah County Circuit Court posts updates under Latest News on its website, most recently three Presiding Judge Orders issued on April 10 regarding civil, criminal and family law hearings.

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon

    The U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon posts updates on its website, most recently a March 13 order on court operations and a March 17 order regarding the district clerk’s office.

  • Workers’ Compensation Board

    The Workers’ Comp Board has canceled all in-person hearings.

  • Office of Administrative Hearings

    The OAH will hold all hearings by telephone to the extent allowed by law. Details are available here.

  • Oregon Psychiatric Security Review Board

    has moved to holding most hearing by telephone. See March 16 announcement here.

  • Beaverton Municipal Court

    Announces operational changes.

  • Resources for Lawyers

  • OSB Services

  • CLE Seminars including free and low-cost programs on demand.
  • Legal Ethics FAQs related to COVID-19
  • Professional Liability Fund

  • inPractice blog offering practical advice for Oregon lawyers
  • Practice Management and CLE
  • Oregon Legal Information Updates


  • Executive order 20-11 suspending residential evictions for non-payment of rent
  • Executive order 20-13 suspending certain evictions and terminations of rental agreements and leases

  • Family Law:

    Oregon’s Statewide Family Law Advisory Committee (SFLAC) offers Guidelines for Parents During the COVID-19 Pandemic

  • National Resources

    Fastcase has created a COVID-19 resources hub

    Law360 is tracking court closures nationally, and has opened its site to all visitors.

    Lawsitesblog provides a list of resources and special offers to support law practice.